All horse tack must be thoroughly cleaned ONCE A MONTH. Bridles and saddle leathers are to be taken
apart and cleaned. Both sides of the leather pieces are to be cleaned and oiled. The synthetic saddles need to
be whipped down with a mild soap and water and rinsed well.
Carefully check your saddle and bridle for proper fit. Make sure screws are tight, ties are tight, and that
there is no undue wear that could cause tearing or breaking of the equipment. You are responsible for the equipment
and replacement of damaged items.
The horse should
be groomed thoroughly before being saddled! Pay careful attention to the saddle area, as this is the most important
part. You do not want anything irritating the horse while it is under saddle. Brush the saddle blanket and cinch;
there should not be a build up of dirt on either of these.
Two bit warmers have been provided for your use during the winter months. Start with the toe and wrap the bit
warmer around the bit. Remove the battery at once when the bit is warm. Return the warmer and battery to its proper
place. As the batteries wear out, please replace them. You may also choose to warm the bit by holding it in your
hands and rubbing it for several minutes, or by placing it under your clothes, against your body where it will be warmed by
your own body heat.
Always take great care when cinching
the horse. This is to be done in three steps! The first time is when you initially buckle the cinch, the second
time after you have put on the bit and bridle, and lastly, walk your horse out and right before you are ready to mount
the horse tighten to the correct tightness. The cinch is never to be over tightened or is the horse to be poked or hit
in the belly! Before moving the horse to more than a walk, check the cinch again and tighten if necessary. You
should be able to slip your hand under the cinch. If you cannot, then the cinch is too tight!
All horses are to be ridden at a walk for at least 15 to 20 minutes
before any other gait is to be done. During cold weather, it will take longer to warm up the horse's muscles.
Under no circumstances is a horse to ever be
worked so hard that they become overheated. Pay close attention and note breathing and heat of the horse at all times.
No riding allowed when temperature exceeds 90 degrees.
new rider is to ever do any other gait, other than a walk, until Joanie gives permission.
All horses that show any signs of sweat must be walked and cooled down.
Signs of sweat include but are not limited to dampness below the saddle blanket line, behind the legs, and/or the chest.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A HORSE BE WORKED UNTIL HE IS FROTHY!!! All horses are to be brushed and hooves picked
before they are returned to the field.
any tack to its rack, wipe off all mud or dirt. Thoroughly wipe off the bit with a dry cloth. Make sure all leather
is dry, and brush the saddle blanket. Lay the cinch across the saddle, wet side up; the same applies for the saddle
blanket. The cinch strap should be through the ring and not draping or wrapped around the saddle. Double it over
and pull it from the back of the ring through the front of the ring.